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Ubuntu 9.04

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April 23, 2009 10:04:21 AM
Ubuntu 9.04 will represent the next upgrade from either 8.04 Long Term Release (LTR), which is supported through April 2011; or the 8.10 standard release, which is supported through 2010. The OS is available in 32-bit x86 (i386), 64-bit x86 (AMD64) and armel ixp4xx (for ARM-based netbooks and MIDs).

New features include:
1) Gnome 2.26 desktop environment, which includes the following new features:
a) brasero, an all-in-one CD burning application.
b) Improved multi-monitor handling.
2) X.Org server 1.6, which supports several new video cards, as well as ATI-specific performance improvements including EXA acceleration by default, 2D support for R6xx/R7xx, 3D support for R5xx cards, along with an updated -fglrx proprietary driver for R6xx/R7xx 3D support.
3) New notification style and preferences.
4) Boot performance is "significantly improved".
5) Linux kernel 2.6.28-11.37, which is based on
6) Ext4 file system support.
7) Server edition includes support for cloud computing via Eucalyptus, an open source technology which is included in Ubuntu as a technology preview, enables you to use your own servers to deploy, experiment and test your own private cloud that matches the Amazon EC2 API.
8) Turn-key mail servers with the dovecot-postfix package, which supports SMTP, POP3 and IMAP with TLS and SASL.

Any thoughts before the April 23 official release? :) 

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April 23, 2009 10:43:57 AM

Yea, how's the beta/RC? I have the ISO as a virtual CD in a VM but haven't used it yet.
April 24, 2009 3:04:24 AM

I'm honestly not a frequent user, but a friend who's really into it piqued my interest. He says the last RC's more or less the same, but he did experience the "significantly improved" boot-up time.

Would Ubuntu work well in a VM install? Want to try it but I don't have the time to reformat my laptop or desktop.
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April 29, 2009 6:50:35 PM

Ubuntu runs fine in a VM. So if you want to try out Ubuntu from Windows and don't want to install it on your harddrive just run it inside a VM. If you're happy with that why not migrate and see how well you do. You can still install Virtualbox on Ubuntu and run Windows from there, if you need it.
April 29, 2009 9:30:57 PM

I've installed it in a VM using VMWare Server 2.0.1. I can't get VMWare Tools to work properly with it though. On installing VMWare Tools and manually starting vmware-user the "seamless" change of control between guest and host works fairly well, but the GUI is still quite laggy. Upon restarting the VM, vmware-user is no longer running, and manually starting it has the same result as earlier. However, I did get multiple errors saying

Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "murrine"
April 29, 2009 10:06:41 PM

I don't have much experience with VMware, but Virtualbox worked fine for me on both Windows and Linux and is free of charge. It's also in continuing development, right now they just released version 2.2.2. You may want to try it, it worked fine for me including the seamless integration, without any lag at all when switching.
April 30, 2009 1:00:32 AM

How many threads can VirtualBox run for each VM?
May 1, 2009 12:09:27 PM

Anyone else notice that Nautilus crashes when you run the live CD? It's been odd. I already reinstalled it, reinstalled GNOME. Just hope they fix it if this a widely known problem.
May 3, 2009 5:33:38 PM

I don't remember it ever crashing.

What are your full hardware specs? Have you done a memtest lately?

Good luck :)